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Arthur Byron
Byron in The Casino Murder Case, 1935
Arthur William Byron

(1872-04-03)April 3, 1872
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedJuly 16, 1943(1943-07-16) (aged 71)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1932–1937
SpouseKathryn Keys
RelativesAda Rehan (aunt)
4th President of the Actors' Equity Association
In office
Preceded byBurgess Meredith (acting president)
Succeeded byBert Lytell
L-R: Richard Barbee, Arthur Byron, and Margaret Lawrence in the Broadway production of Transplanting Jean (1921)

Arthur William Byron (April 3, 1872 – July 16, 1943) was an American actor[1] who played a mixture of British and American roles in films.

Early years[edit]

Byron was the son of actors Kate Crehan and Oliver Doud Byron.[1] He was a nephew of the stage actress Ada Rehan, his maternal aunt.


Byron started his theatrical career in February 1889[2] at the age of 17 with his father's dramatic company. In 1939 he celebrated his 50 years in showbusiness.

He appeared in more than 300 plays and played with stars like Maxine Elliott, Ethel Barrymore, John Gielgud, Katherine Cornell, Maude Adams and Minnie Maddern Fiske.

He was the founder and one-time president of The Actors' Equity Association and he also served as an officer of The Lambs and the Actor's fund of America.

Byron appeared many times at the Lakewood Playhouse in Maine.

Personal life and death[edit]

Byron was married to Kathryn Keyes, and they had two daughters and a son.[2] He died of a heart ailment, from which he suffered for some years, in Hollywood in 1943. He was cremated and his ashes were sent to the Byron summer home in Maine.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bordman, Gerald; Hischak, Thomas S. (2004). The Oxford Companion to American Theatre. Oxford University Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0195169867.
  2. ^ a b Babcock, Muriel (May 18, 1930). "Bravos ring out nightly". Los Angeles Times. p. Part III 11. Retrieved September 5, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "The Final Curtain". The Billboard. 55 (31): 36. 31 July 1943. ISSN 0006-2510.

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